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Sindh all set to present budget tomorrow

Written by The Frontier Post

KARACHI (TLTP): The Sindh government is all set to unveil the budget for the next fiscal year 2021-22 tomorrow (Tuesday).

The budget would have programmes aimed at alleviation of poverty and social protection, besides 10 new mega projects for Karachi. The provincial budget would include the provision of loans under People’s Social protection and poverty alleviation programmes.

An amount of Rs1 billion would be earmarked for social protection and poverty alleviation programmes while the minimum wage for labourers would be set at Rs25,000. A huge amount would also be earmarked for industrial workers in terms of medical care and social protection in the budget.

The Sindh government will likely announce a relief package for senior citizens in the upcoming provincial budget for the year 2021-22. The government will announce the issuance of the ‘Senior Citizen Azadi Card’ to the province’s elderly citizens. Around 300 million rupees allocation is proposed for the Senior Citizen Azadi Card in the 2021-22 budget.

The citizens having 60 or above age will be entitled to the issuance of the welfare card. Sources said that the Sindh government will sign an agreement with NADRA for the issuance of Azadi Card to senior citizens of Sindh.

Separately, the provincial government will allocate Rs150 million for Darul Aman and Rs500 million for old age homes. The budget proposals also included a 20 percent increment in salaries of the government employees, while a 20 percent increase in pensions is also expected in the new Sindh budget. The salaries are also expected to be enhanced according to the pay scales of the employees.

The Sindh government has also decided to allocate more than Rs3 billion for the purchase of new buses in Karachi in the provincial budget. Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, who holds the portfolio of provincial finance minister as well, will present on June 15 the provincial budget in Sindh Assembly for the fiscal year 2021-22.

The Sindh government has decided to launch 10 new mega projects for Karachi in the next budget. Around Rs24 billion allocation is proposed for the schemes, sources said.

The budget would have water supply and road construction projects for the port city. In the provincial budget allocations have been made for the schemes in Lyari, Malir, Baldia Town, Keamari and the District Central.

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